Well it's been a while since I reported on a mantask but there have been many. So many in fact I've hardly had the time to write about them.
The most recent is the old hearth which I have removed from the back room. The chimney breast for this was taken away yonks ago but the previous occupants hadn't really gone all they way, they just covered up the remaining hearth with some random bits of laminate flooring. Since the hearth wasn't the same level as the rest of the floor, the laminate was all lumpy and none of it clicked together correctly, in fact this was the trigger that made me tear it all up one afternoon... a result really because I discovered the solid pine beneath it.
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Anyway. The plan for a while now has been to stick with these lovely wooden boards throughout the house, upstairs and down. We planned to sand and wax them to back their original state, but the old concrete hearth was putting a stop to this. The bugger would have to go.
So, one energetic autumn morning I took a auick trip to Screwfix Direct and, one Bosch SDS drill later, the hearth was nowt but a pile of bricks (that I still haven't taken to the tip) and had been replaced, by a load of dust and a massive hole.
DIY being what it is, this hole ended up being around a little while longer than I had planned. Mainly this was because I couldn't find any 130 x 18mm antique pine floorboards to cover it that would match the original ones when waxed, but there were other considerations...
DIY is a tremendously serial process.
All I need to do is put up some coving, paint, get a man to do the floor, then put skirting board on. In essence, that would be the ground floor finished.
Before that can happen though I need to put up two new dangling ceiling lights, which I can't do until we've decided where the table is going, which we can't position properly because I made a big hole in the floor. I can't fill in the hole because I need to go under the floor to run the 240v circuit for the garage (not built yet either) and I need to plumb in a new radiator where the hearth was before I could put the joists in. Also, as I've already said, I was struggling to find the right boards.
I mean where else could there POSSIBLY be the EXACT FLOORBOARDS THAT I NEED?
The hole stayed. It created lots more dust and gave us coughs.
It then began to claim victims. Five pence, two Metrobank pens, a piece of bresola, a screwdriver, my good torch, a couple of drunk people at a houseparty (ok, just me) and finally a toddler.
Where there's blame there's a claim, the stakes were rising and the hole had to go.
Up went the radiator, in went the new joists, but where could I get these boards from? Then a moment of genius! I would simply nick them from the bedroom and put brand new ones in their place. we're going to carpet the bedroom so who cares what they look like underneath.
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So that was that, this weekend I spent ten hours, putting down new (old) floorboards in the dining room that I'd stolen from my own bedroom. In essence, I spent ten hours moving a hole upstairs.
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... and if I fall through these gaps..... I'll need to plaster the ceiling.